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Published January 13 2013

Forum editorial: Oil Patch USPS gets the roses

Prairie roses: To the U.S. Postal Service (rarely worthy of roses) for trying to deal with the increasing mail load in North Dakota’s Oil Patch communities. Service has deteriorated significantly in the past year because of the expansion of oil country population and the huge increases in mail volume. In some post offices, workers are overwhelmed and customers sometimes wait in line for an hour or more. Mail carriers who normally would finish their routes late in the afternoon have been putting in hours late into the evening to get the additional mail delivered. USPS is trying several strategies, including more post office boxes and partnering with retail stores. Ironically, the lines to get a post office box are interminably long.

Prairie roses: To the people of the Cass County communities of Oxbow, Hickson and Bakke, who have been willing to listen to a ring dike option for their communities as part of the Red River diversion project. Ring dikes built to proper specifications would protect most properties in the three communities during those very infrequent years when diversion retention areas held high water. More importantly, the assurances of flood protection for the three communities would go a long way to solving the property values issue. Additionally property owners inside the rings would not be required to purchase flood insurance, as they are now. The option is getting a serious look by those who would be most affected. That’s a step in the right direction.

Forum editorials represent the opinion of Forum management and the newspaper’s Editorial Board.